Ruth is determined to create and implement a plan to retain skilled and passionate people in the Canterbury region. She aims to include people, particularly young people, in the thinking and planning for the future to create a committed, passionate community in Canterbury. Ruth thrives on working with and for the diverse communities within her electorate of Port Hills.
Ruth has been involved in women’s organisations, peace movement and environmental groups since early 1970s.
She was a campaigner for Kerry Burke in 1981 & 1984, a campaign worker for Fran Wilde on Homosexual Law Reform Bill 1984, and campaign organiser for Fran Wilde 1987. During her time in the Labour Party, she has served as Women's Representative, Executive Member, Senior Vice President, and President.
She has served as a Member of Parliament 1993-present, including nine years as a Minister.